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Sign up for Query Critique from Literary Agent Justin Wells of Corvisiero Literary Agency

 

Literary agent Justin Wells will speak at the St. Louis Writers Guild's January 2018 workshop, and he'll offer query critiques to a limited number of people. To participate, you must pay and submit your query letter before Dec 1, 2017. Justin will provide his critiques to participants at the January workshop.

 

To participate, please use the Pay Pal link below or sign up at the September-November workshops. The query letter must be submitted via email in a Word file. Justin will provide each participant additional information about how to submit the query letter.

 

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St. Louis Writers Guild News and Events


SLWG has several events every month and special events throughout the year. 
For more information about SLWG events, join us on Facebook or Twitter.
A Quick Guide to St. Louis Writers Guild Events 

Workshops for Writers - monthly workshops by industry professionals - SLWG's Main Meeting 
Station Open Mic - monthly open mic night, just sign up and read, audiences are welcome
SLWG Author Series - meet the author and gain insights from their experience 
Writers in the Park - annual writers festival - free to attend and open to all writers
Webinars - a chance to learn from the comfort of your computer
Holiday Book Fair - an end of the year celebration! Books, Food, Writers, and the RMT Award!

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New Location for 
St. Louis Writers Guild's 
Workshops for Writers! 
St. Louis Writers Guild is moving the location of the monthly meeting, Workshops for Writers, to The Lodge Des Peres. The first Saturday of the month, (except July), will still be great presentations on everything a writer needs to know, we'll just be in a new location. 
SLWG’s Workshops for Writers will now be held at,
The Lodge at Des Peres
1050 Des Peres Rd.
Des Peres, MO 63131
No matter which direction you come from on I-270, exit onto West Manchester Road. Take the exit on the right to Des Peres Rd. If you are heading on Manchester Rd. East, then the exit onto Des Peres Rd. is on the right-hand side. The Lodge has plenty of parking, and the workshop room is to the left of the information desk, and on the same floor. 
Workshops for Writers will now be held at The Lodge Des Peres. St. Louis Writers Guild looks forward to hosting authors and other industry professionals at this new location. We’ll see you at The Lodge! 

SLWG’s Workshops for Writers will now be held at,

The Lodge Des Peres

1050 Des Peres Rd.

Des Peres, MO 63131


No matter which direction you come from on I-270, exit onto West Manchester Road. Take the exit on the right to Des Peres Rd. If you are heading on Manchester Rd. East, then the exit onto Des Peres Rd. is on the right-hand side. The Lodge has plenty of parking, and the workshop room is to the left of the information desk, and on the same floor.


St. Louis Writers Guild has enjoyed its time at the Kirkwood Community Center, 

and looks forward to hosting authors and other industry professionals at this new location. 

We’ll see you at The Lodge! 


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Workshops for Writers - 1st Saturday of every month 
10am to Noon at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S Geyer Rd 63122
Free for Members,  $5 for Non-Members 

Station Open Mic - 2nd Tuesday of every month 
7 to 9pm at the Kirkwood Amtrak Station 110 W Argonne Dr 63122
Free and open to all, 5 minutes for poetry, 7 minutes for prose


SLWG Author Series
The interviews are posted online to this website, facebook, and on Youtube. 
Currently suspended while we evaluate better technology. 
THE NEXT WORKSHOPS FOR WRITERS EVENT
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Workshops for Writers:
Schulte: Taking Your Self-publishing Career 
to the Next Level
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
10 a.m. to noon
The Lodge Des Peres
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
FREE for members; $5 for nonmembers


Discuss with best-selling author Liz Schulte how to turn writing into a career.

Hear how she navigated her way to self-publishing success and what she has learned along the way…and bring questions for the Q&A. 

 

Liz Schulte is a self-published author in mystery and paranormal romance with over twenty novels, multiple short stories, and audiobooks. She is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and the local chapter in Missouri, the Missouri Writer’s Guild, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers of America. 

 

Though success in publishing didn’t happen overnight, like she envisioned it would, the journey has been worth the trials along the way. Liz became a self-supported, full-time author in 2013 and wouldn’t trade her hard-begotten knowledge or the wonderful friends she has made along the way for anything. 

 

Liz has a degree in psychology from the University of Missouri and a minor in philosophy. She has taken numerous forensic courses and writing classes, as well as attended several symposiums on writing. She speaks on subjects ranging from self-publishing to marketing and social media. 

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Workshops for Writers:
Weltman helps writers tap into their intuitive creativity Sept. 9
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
10 a.m. to noon
The Lodge Des Peres
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
FREE for members; $5 for nonmembers

Deborah Terra Weltman will help writers tap into their intuitive creativity at a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 9, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO., 63131. 

Her workshop will include practices and playtime to help align participants with their own personal brand of creativity, addressing questions such as:

  • What is a creative channel?
  • How can we access our innate creative flow? 
  • What is the connection between pleasure and creativity?
  • What kind of mental shift allows for increased creativity?


Deborah finds joy in creative work of any kind, especially work that inspires personal and spiritual growth. She adores creative problem-solving, magical places, “treasure hunts,” and imagining from new perspectives. Deborah teaches classes in “The Artist’s Way,” “Treasure Journaling,” and “Realizing Big Dreams” at the local community college and other venues.


Her debut book -- Camino Lessons: Losing 21st Century Fears on an Ancient Pilgrimage Trail (the story of realizing her own Big Dream by walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago trail across Spain) -- is due out soon from PenUltimate Press. She is also the author and illustrator of two 75-card decks: “A Seeker’s Guide to Internal Paradigm Shift, What if…? Cards" (questions to guide and bless your day) and "A Seeker's Guide to Money and Abundance, What if…? Cards” (questions focusing on peace and plenty).


View a sample of her “What if…? Cards” online at: www.whatifcards.com or contact Deborah at: terraartframe@sbcglobal.net


Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.

Workshops for Writers:
Stolzer: Strategies for critique partners and groups
Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017
10 a.m. to noon
The Lodge Des Peres
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
FREE for members; $5 for nonmembers

Critique is essential to any writer’s betterment, but receiving criticism on one’s hard work is a difficult thing! 

Author/illustrator Jennifer Stolzer will discuss how to find errors, target weaknesses, and explore possible writing solutions in a critique group setting during a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 5, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO., 63131. 

 

Jennifer, who heads the Guild’s critique group program, will discuss protocol and tactics when it comes to both giving and receiving criticism from other authors. 

 

She lives and works in St. Louis, MO. Jennifer graduated from Webster University with a degree in digital media and animation, and uses this skill set to create bright and engaging characters in both pictures and words. Her illustration company, Jennifer Stolzer Illustration, has served the St. Louis area and its authors for seven years. Find samples of her work at www.jenniferstolzer.com or on facebook under Jennifer Stolzer Illustration.

 

Jennifer is also the Guild’s secretary. 


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Workshops for Writers:

Rick Miles Offers a Workshop for “The Undaunted"

Saturday, July 8, 2017

10 a.m. to noon
The Lodge Des Peres
Dogwood Room
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
FREE for members; $5 for nonmembers

Since the advent of e-publishing, the book world has seen a revolution, allowing many authors to achieve the dream of writing full-time. Unfortunately launching a career is more than just writing, and the challenges are just beginning.


“Writing a book is hard. Publishing is even harder,” said Rick Miles, CEO and co-founder of Red Coat PR. He will discuss ways to help you master the literary industry and cement yourself into your new career at a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, July 8, at 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63131. 

 

Rick understands the minefield of the publishing world. He created Red Coat PR to be the company that provides authors and publishers with unique opportunities in marketing, branding and business management.


“As a writer, you pour your heart and soul into your work, and likely hope to teach, entertain, or inspire. Whether you love to write a hard-hitting romance or an epic fantasy adventure, you are an artist with a unique talent and voice,” he said. “Readers in every genre eagerly await new content, ready to discover the next great work. Your work.”

 

The new world of publishing has many opportunities for you to publish, but those opportunities bring a number of questions. How do I get reviews? Can I get into a brick and mortar store?  How do I use social media? Should I go on a book tour?  Who is my targeted audience and how do I reach them? How do I market? These questions inspire doubt and fear, making it all that much harder to navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of publishing.

 

“You are not alone,” Rick said.Our team has more than fifty years of collective leadership, project management, digital development, and marketing experience. Together we can help build your brand and launch your career. You are the undaunted!”


Key points of the workshop include:


  • Valuing your work
    • Price Point
    • Free Books
  • Finding your target audience
    • Online Advertising
    • Print Advertising
    • Book Clubs
    • Reader Communities
    • Which social media outlet reaches your audience the best
    • Book Conventions
  • Agents
    • When is one right for me
    • How do I know if it’s the right one
    • Truths about Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
  • Merchandizing
    • iBooks love
    • Kobo Promotions
    • Amazon 


Previously Rick was the Vice President of an International Risk Management company specializing in strategic and financial risks. He is the co-founder of Penned Con, a book convention hosted annually in St. Louis, MO., where all proceeds are donated to charity. He created the Penned Con Scholarship Fund at Action for Autism, a 501 (c)(3) charity.

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Workshops for Writers:
Making Biography Readable, Salable and Absorbing

Saturday, June 3, 2017

10 a.m. to noon
The Lodge Des Peres
Dogwood Room
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
FREE for members; $5 for nonmembers


You have a story to tell. If it’s an autobiography or memoir, just because it happened to you, it’s not necessarily interesting. If it’s a biography, it has been a couple of centuries since you could start with the day your subject was born and proceed from there. If it’s set in an important historical period, how was your subject’s life impacted by, and how did he or shee affect the major events of the time? In short, to persuade your reader to buy, read, and enjoy your book, you’ve got to answer the question for your prospective reader: “Why should I care?”


Join author Peter H. Green at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, at The Lodge Des Peres. 1050 Des Peres Rd., Des Peres, MO, 63131, for a workshop presentation, “Making Biography Readable, Salable and Absorbing.” Free to members of the St. Louis Writers Guild; $5 for nonmembers.


He will explore the options and techniques of narrative or “creative” nonfiction, establishing the premise or “hook” for the story, setting the scene, creating dialogue, plot development, pacing, and weaving your story into its historical background. 

Peter--a writer, architect, and city planner reared in a family of journalists--found his father’s 400 World War II letters and humorous war stories, his mother’s writings, and his family’s often hilarious doings too good a tale to keep to himself, so he launched a second career as a writer. 


After years of architectural work and proposal writing for his design firms, Peter went back to Washington University to study creative writing with such accomplished authors as Catherine Rankovic, Robert Earleywine, and Rick Skwiot, resulting in the release in 2005 of his biographical memoir on the often humorous antics and serious achievements of his dad’s World War II adventure, Ben’s War with the U.S. Marines, (Second edition, Greenskills Press, 2014) and Radio: One Woman’s Family in War and Pieces (Greenskills Press, Nov., 2016). The life and times of the last pet he owned. “The Night We Ruined the Dog,” can be found on his website, www.peterhgreen.com.

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Workshops for Writers:
Historical mystery author Fedora Amis 
shares tips on poisons May 6  
Here’s a little quiz that might save your life. What is the most toxic substance known to man? One gram can kill 80,000 people. AND YET, people seek it for beauty’s sake. Poisons are fascinating because they are the ultimate paradox--good and bad at the same time.

To find out more, come see “Poisons You Personally Know,” a St. Louis Writers Guild workshop featuring award-winning historical mystery author Fedora Amis, from 10 a.m. to noon, May 6, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. Free for Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.

 

Fedora AMIS won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Five-Star Cengage published her historical whodunit Mayhaven at Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 2016. This historical mystery celebrates the actual 1898 performances of Buffalo Bill's Grand show in Kansas City, Hannibal and Sedalia. The novel received a SPUR nomination by the Western Writers of America. Fedora is also published in non-fiction and served as editor for an educational magazine.

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Workshops for Writers:

Guild’s April 1 workshop focuses 

on how writers become authors

Saturday, April 1, 2017

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Lodge Des Peres
Dogwood Room
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
FREE for members; $5 for nonmembers

On April 1, author and editor McKenzie Johnston Winberry will lead a workshop entitled, "Step 1: Write, Step 2: ????, Step 3: PROFIT."


“This workshop will be about that fuzzy in-between stage of having written something and actually being published,” she said. “I will talk about different ways of finding a publisher, how to submit your stuff, and why you should not be upset about a rejection (especially a form rejection).”

 

McKenzie will provide resources that collect publisher information, and information about conventions and other networking opportunities. 

 

“These are significantly more important to becoming a successful writer than most people anticipate,” she said, noting that being a good writer isn’t always enough. “For example, JK Rowling was rejected repeatedly until she found someone who had faith in HER..and now she is one of the most successful writers in the world.” 

 

McKenzie works for Apex Publications and is a published author of short fiction. She is currently working on a collaborative collection of short stories and a novel. When she is not writing, you can find her teaching video games and Spanish at Maverick Learning Center. Check out her website at mckenziejohnstonwinberry.com


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Workshops for Writers:

Get Conference-Ready:

How to Pitch & Query Literary Agents & Publishers

 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Lodge Des Peres
Dogwood Room
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
FREE

Querying a publisher or literary agent is almost harder than writing a book. The St. Louis Writers Guild’s March 4 workshop will explore the process from start to finish--how to find agents and publishers, how to contact them, how to pitch to them…and just what is a log line? 

 

Leading the workshop is someone who has sat on both sides of the pitching table—author, blogger, and lecturer Brad R. Cook. Participants will learn what goes in a query letter and a face-to-face pitch, as well as explore tools to find agents and publishers online and at conferences. Upcoming conferences include the Missouri Writers Guild conference (May) in Columbia, and St. Louis Writers Guild’s Gateway Con (June) and Penned Con (September) in St. Louis.

 

“I can’t guarantee you’ll find an agent, but you’ll have the tools to do so!” Brad said.

 

Author of the young adult steampunk series, The Iron Chronicles, Brad is a former co-publisher and acquisitions editor for Blank Slate Press. He is a SCBWI member and currently serves as Historian of St. Louis Writers Guild after three and half years as President. A founding contributor to The Writers’ Lens, a resource blog for writers, he can be heard weekly as a panelist on Write Pack Radio. He learned to fence at thirteen, and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with his cat and a centuries’ old classic. Find more @bradrcook on Twitter, Instagram, and tumblr. BradRCook.com

 

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Workshops for Writers:
Learn the Artistic Language of Horror at Guild’s Feb. 4 workshop

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Lodge Des Peres
Dogwood Room
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
Free to Guild members; 
$5 for nonmembers

Join Mary Genevieve Fortier and David Schutz II, founders of the St. Louis Area Horror Writers’ Society, on Feb. 4 to learn about “Poetry/Fiction: The Artistic Language of Horror.” 

 

They will discuss:

  • What is horror?
  • Blending horror with other genres
  • The World of Horror and other anthologies
  • Horror subgenres and tropes
  • Finding the right fit for publication

 

The husband-and-wife team bring a wealth of experience to this how-to discussion about writing and publishing in the horror genre. Schutz, a former screenwriter and Shakespearean actor, spent many years on stage, screen and television portraying a wide range of characters. He began writing horror fiction in 2012 and has been published in several anthologies. For more information, please visit David’s Amazon.com page: http://www.amazon.com/David-Sch%C3%BCtz-II/e/B00IGWAWAC

He is currently working on his personal collection, “The Interim People,” due to be released in the spring of 2017.

 

Fortier grew up reading, watching, loving anything horror; her dark-side so to speak. Today, she has not merely found a new voice but added an intrinsic octave to her repertoire; the genre of horror, both poetic and fiction. A widely published and award-winning poet, Fortier writes the “Nighty Nightmare” column for the horror website, Staying Scared, for which she was named “Woman in Horror” three years in a row by Blaze McRob’s Tales of Horror. She appears in numerous anthologies; many of her poems both open and close these tomes.

 

Fortier has compiled and edited, “Toys in the Attic:A Collection of Evil Playthings,” through JWK  Publications. Most recently, she has released a collection of her own horror poetry, “Verses From a Deeply Darkened Mind,” for which she has received many five star reviews. Fortier has been deemed, “The Modern Day Poe,” by her peers.

For more information, visit her Facebook author’s page: www.facebook.com/MaryGenevieveFortierWriter  

 

Additionally, the YouTube channel, Fortier-Schütz/Wooden Box AudioWorks, is dedicated to their audio productions.

Workshops for Writers:
Pulp Fiction Isn't Just a Tarantino Movie

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Lodge Des Peres
Dogwood Room
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63131
Free to Guild members; 
$5 for nonmembers


Bestselling author Van Allen Plexico will discuss why “Pulp Fiction Isn’t Just a Tarantino Movie” from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 7.

 

His talk will cover:

-    -- What is Pulp Fiction?  (background and description)

-    -- How do you write it?

-    -- Who's publishing it today?

 

Plexico won the 2015 Pulp Factory Awards for both Novel of the Year and Anthology of the Year. He is the Amazon bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, novellas, nonfiction books, columns and essays from a variety of publishers. In addition to his ongoing SENTINELS illustrated superhero novel series and his SHATTERING space opera series, he has written two bestselling nonfiction books about Marvel’s Avengers, as well as being selected to write the year-by-year history of the Avengers for Upper Deck’s commemorative trading card set.

 

He has written the adventures of many classic pulp characters for various publishers, including Sherlock Holmes, the Griffon, Hawk, Mars McCoy, Gideon Cain and Lance Star. John Blackthorn, a pulp character he created in 2011, won the New Pulp Award for Best New Character that year. His biweekly interview program, the White Rocket Podcast, was a finalist in the 2015 Parsec Awards. An Associate Professor at Southwestern Illinois College, he has appeared as a guest, speaker, presenter and event host at dozens of conventions and literary festivals across the U.S. 


Guild honors young writers at Dec. 4 holiday gathering

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
FREE
 
Join a celebration honoring award-winning young writers at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s annual holiday gathering from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 3, at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd., Kirkwood, MO  63122.

 

Find out how these fourth- through eighth-graders created stories that all began with the same sentence: “It came from the fog….” Judging was based on originality, cohesiveness, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

 

It’s free to attend. All are encouraged to bring a dish for a potluck luncheon that will follow readings by the contest winners.

Workshops for Writers:
Pictures, Speaking: Photographs as Story Prompts 

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

10 a.m. to noon
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Members free; $5 for nonmembers 

As writers, sometimes our well of ideas seems to go dry and we need fresh inspiration for new stories, but the solution may be as easy as flipping through your own photo albums. Join short story writer, Angela Mitchell, as she talks about the art of using personal memory (or someone else’s memory) as a springboard for your own, original short stories.

 

Bring paper and pen (or a laptop) and be prepared to churn out story starts and character descriptions, as well as identifying the essential conflict in your narrative, during this fun and interactive workshop. 


Angela Mitchell's stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines, including Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, and others. Her story, "Animal Lovers," was the winner of the 2009 Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review; it was given special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV, and listed as one of thirty "Distinguished Stories" in the inaugural issue of New Stories from the Midwest. In 2011, the Riverfront Times honored her as a MasterMind recipient for her work in the literary arts.


Recently, she attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. Angela holds an MFA in Creative Writing form the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well was an M.Ed. in Higher Education form the University of Arkansas, and a B.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. She is the current director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop.



Workshops for Writers:

Authors: Learn how to make the past relevant to today's readers

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

10am to noon
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Members free; $5 for nonmembers 


Ever wanted to try your hand at historical fiction but didn't know where to start? On Oct. 1, award-winning historical fiction author Nicole Evelina will show you it's not as intimidating as it may seem, even if you're not a fan of research (though it helps if you are). 

 

Nicole will cover research methods and sources, how research informs plot, how to handle characterization in other time periods, how to bring the past to life, mistakes to avoid, and more. Whether you're just dipping a toe in the historical waters or have already published in this genre, you're sure to learn something new.

 

A multi-award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer, Nicole’s most recent novel, Madame Presidentess, is a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America's first female Presidential candidate. It won first place in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.

                      

Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, took the Grand Prize in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, won a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction. Been Searching for You, her contemporary romantic comedy, won the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests.

 

Nicole’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine, and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness.

 

Her website/blog is http://nicoleevelina.com, and she can be found on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. Her email address is nicole.evelina@att.net.

Workshops for Writers:
Learn the Artistic Language of Horror at Sept. 10 workshop
NOTE: This workshop was postponed to February 2017.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

10am to noon
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122 

Members free; $5 for nonmembers 


Join Mary Genevieve Fortier and David Schutz II, founders of the St. Louis Area Horror Writers’ Society, from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 10, to learn about “Poetry/Fiction: The Artistic Language of Horror.” 

 

They will discuss:

  • What is horror?
  • Blending horror with other genres
  • The World of Horror and other anthologies
  • Horror subgenres and tropes
  • Finding the right fit for publication

 

The husband-and-wife team bring a wealth of experience to this how-to discussion about writing and publishing in the horror genre. Schutz, a former screenwriter and Shakespearean actor, spent many years on stage, screen and television portraying a wide range of characters. He began writing horror fiction in 2012 and has been published in several anthologies. For more information, please visit David’s Amazon.com page: http://www.amazon.com/David-Sch%C3%BCtz-II/e/B00IGWAWAC

 

Fortier grew up reading, watching, loving anything horror; her dark-side so to speak. Today, she has not merely found a new voice but added an intrinsic octave to her repertoire; the genre of horror, both poetic and fiction. A widely published and award-winning poet, Fortier writes the “Nighty Nightmare” column for the horror website, Staying Scared, for which she was named “Woman in Horror” three years in a row by Blaze McRob’s Tales of Horror. For more information, visit her Facebook author’s page: www.facebook.com/MaryGenevieveFortierWriter  

 

Additionally, the YouTube channel, Fortier-Schütz/Wooden Box AudioWorks, is dedicated to their audio productions. 

Writers in the Park  
The 7th Annual Festival For the Writer
Saturday, August 6, 2017 
10am to 2pm 
Second Floor of the 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd.
63122 

FREE and open to all writers! 
No preregistration needed

Once again the event is indoors! 
No more writers melting in the park!

The seventh annual Writers in the Park will once again be indoors, but is still at Kirkwood Park. We've taken over the second floor of the community center and expect an exciting day of events. Multiple writer tracks for adults, a workshop for young writers, and a book room filled with local authors. Best of all it remains free and open to all writers, no pre-registration needed.

Books by local authors, and Food from 6th North Cafe'

Find out about next year's exciting news - Gateway Con! 

Workshops for Young Writers in 4th-8th Grade! 
(Parents or guardian please accompany minors) 

There will be workshops on audio books, Young Adult vs New Adult, social media marketing, and using social media as a writer. There will be a workshop for young writers in 4th -8th grade. Plus, workshops on writing topics and more. 

Speakers to include George Sirois, T.W. Fendley, Barry Cohzair, Meredith Tate, Sarah Cozhair, and more... 

The Full Schedule will be posted soon. 

A Book Fair at Writers in the Park too! Plus But a Book Get a Sandwich is back! Come check out books by SLWG Members and local authors! 
Once again the event is indoors! 
No more writers melting in the park!

The seventh annual Writers in the Park will once again be indoors, but is still at Kirkwood Park. We've taken over the second floor of the community center and expect an exciting day of events. Multiple writer tracks for adults, a workshop for young writers, and a book room filled with local authors. Best of all it remains free and open to all writers, no pre-registration needed.

Books by local authors, and Food from 6th North Cafe'

Find out about next year's exciting news - Gateway Con! 

Workshops for Young Writers in 4th-8th Grade! 
(Parents or guardian please accompany minors) 

There will be workshops on audio books, Young Adult vs New Adult, social media marketing, and using social media as a writer. There will be a workshop for young writers in 4th -8th grade. Plus, workshops on writing topics and more. 

Speakers to include George Sirois, T.W. Fendley, Barry Coziahr, Meredith Tate, Sarah Coziahr, Peggy Nehmen, and more... 

The Full Schedule will be posted soon. 

There is a Book Fair at Writers in the Park too! Plus, "Buy a Book Get a Sandwich" is back! Come check out books by SLWG Members and local authors! 


Workshops for writers:
Point of View: It’s more than First vs. Third

Saturday, July 9, 2016

10 a.m. to Noon

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Members free; $5 for nonmembers 


Every story has at least one “point of view,” but there is more to decide than First Person vs. Third Person. Join author Brad R. Cook July 9 to explore not only Limited, Omniscient, and Objective points of view, but what it all means when the words hit the page.

 

“Point of view is critical to a writer’s voice, the story’s structure, and what the reader learns,” Brad said.

 

Author of the young adult steampunk series, The Iron Chronicles (treehouse publishing group), Brad R. Cook will see the release of book three, Iron Lotus, in November 2016. A former co-publisher and acquisitions editor for Blank Slate Press, he is a member of SCBWI, and currently serves as Historian of St. Louis Writers Guild after three and half years as President. A founding contributor to The Writers’ Lens, a resource blog for writers, he can be heard weekly as a panelist on Write Pack Radio. He learned to fence at thirteen, and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with his cat and a centuries’ old classic. Find more @bradrcook on Twitter, Instagram, and tumblr. BradRCook.com

Workshops for Writers:
Learn how to boost readership
with mailing lists & advertising campaigns

Saturday, June 4, 2016

10 a.m. to Noon

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Members free; $5 for nonmembers 


Bestselling fantasy author Eric R. Asher will offer tips on using third-party tools and Facebook ads to rapidly grow your reader base at the St. Louis Writers Guild workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, June 4.

 

“A solid marketing strategy is important whether you're traditionally published or self-published,” he said. “While established strategies like blog tours and release parties can still be effective, authors need scalable, long-term campaigns to help keep their readers engaged.”

 

Eric will discuss:

1. Why newsletters are one of the most reliable marketing tools.

2. How to bring more subscribers onto your lists.

3. Why Facebook ads are more powerful than ever, and how anyone can benefit from them.

4. Landing pages, and why you need them.

5. His three favorite list-building courses and companies.

6. Effective sites for promoting discounted ebooks.

 

We will also review the upcoming St. Louis book convention, Penned Con.

 

Eric is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series and the Young Adult steampunk series, Steamborn. He is a former bookseller, cellist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers. www.ericrasher.com.

 


Workshops for Writers:

Guild’s May 7 podcasting workshop helps authors reach readers

Saturday, May 7, 2016

10 a.m. to Noon

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free 


On May 7, David Lucas will introduce authors to podcasting—a part of the author platform often forgotten by those trying to reach their audiences—at a free workshop held from 10 a.m. to noon at Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd, Kirkwood, Mo.

 

David will share his experience as producer and host of Write Pack Radio (WPR)—a free podcast on the writing industry that has an international audience—and how he is taking a hobby and making it into part of his writing business. Podcasts are the modern online ‘radio show’ that can be accessed by the listener anywhere without any special equipment. Forbes Magazine predicts they will soon available on car radios, and they are easy to make.

 

David will discuss:

  • Why an author (traditional or indie) should consider podcasting
  • The different kinds of podcasting
  • How podcasts let authors talk directly to their audience
  • What you need to start a podcast
  • How to reach and grow your audiences without spending a lot of money (if any)


David is a published fiction short story author and poet. He has a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University. For two years, David has been the host and producer of Write Pack Radio, a podcast with a panel of authors exploring the changing writing industry. WPR can be found on multiple platforms, including iTunes, TuneIn, and Blog Talk Radio. David decided to take his experience in podcasting and his love for radio dramas and start Winding Trails Media, which will produce podcast audio dramas beginning this fall.

Workshops for Writers: 
Bookseller Emily Hall offers tips on how to get your books in stores

Saturday, April 2, 2016

10 a.m. to Noon

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free for members; $5 for nonmembers


For many writers, nothing compares to seeing their book on the shelves of local bookstores, but getting it there isn’t always easy. Bookseller Emily Hall of Main Street Books will offer some guidance in her April 2 talk on “Wherever Books are Sold: A Guide to Forming a Lasting Partnership with Independent Bookstores.”

 

Emily will discuss:

  • how bookstores select books to stock,
  • what research independently published authors should do before they visit any bookstore,
  • how to approach the owner/manager of the store in a respectful and conscientious way,
  • how to promote your book once it makes it into said bookstores, and
  • how to schedule and promote a signing with an independent bookstore.

 

The Halls--Emily, Ellen and Andy--took over Main Street Books at 307 S. Main, St. Charles, in February 2014, with Emily stepping into the role of co-owner and proprietress. She is a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Before she became a bookseller, Emily worked with and trained birds of prey at World Bird Sanctuary and was a personal assistant in the insurance industry (though not at the same time).

Workshops for Writers:

Learn how to “hand-sell” your books at March 5 workshop

Saturday, March 5, 2016

10 a.m. to Noon

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free for members; $5 for nonmembers


If people just pass you by at book signings, learn how to close the deal at the “Human Fly Fishing: Hand-selling Books” workshop.

 

The presenter--Ronald R. “Reggie” Van Stockum, Jr.--is a lawyer, teacher, biologist, writer, guitarist, and recently an actor living on his family's old farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

 

He has a B.S. in Biology from Santa Clara University, and an M.S. and PhD. in Biology from the University of Louisville. He also has his Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Louisville and practices law from offices in Shelbyville. He concentrates his legal practice in environmental law, and his biologic research in historical phytogeography.

 

Dr. Van Stockum has published numerous articles in the area of law, science and creative writing. He has published two novels of magic realism: Markman's Home (2014) and Cosmos, the Stellar Stalker (2015). He has also published a number of short stories including “The Great and Terrible Wilderness” and “Ollie Deaton and the Breathitt County Silver Mine.”

 

After the ARCHON 39 science fiction and fantasy conference last October, St. Louis Magazine writer Thomas Crone wrote of his experience: “HUSTLED, but gently: While walking through the Gateway’s halls, I was summoned by a book vendor with this one-liner: ‘You, you have a backpack with enough room for a book!’ As simply as that, I wandered over and listened to the pitch by author Ronald R. Van Stockum Jr., who sold me a copy of Cosmos: The Stellar Stalker, which I’ve not yet delved into. His approach was so refreshing that I couldn’t resist plunking down $12 on a sci-fi thriller taking place in 1976 Louisville. Honestly, if this fella’s book is half as entertaining as his table persona, I’ll get a bit of entertainment outta this one.”

Workshops for Writers:

“Day in the life” of a trial attorney Feb. 6 with Bill Smith

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

10 a.m. to Noon

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free for members; $5 for nonmembers


If you’re writing a story that includes a lawyer, don’t miss the Feb. 6 workshop featuring William B. Smith III of Dubail Judge St. Louis business law attorneys.

 

He’ll discuss “a day in the life” of a trial attorney, and you’ll have the chance to ask questions. Smith’s practice areas include corporate law, real estate law, personal injury, civil litigation (federal and state courts) and employment law. 


A St. Louis native, he earned his law degree from St. Louis University and was admitted to the Bar in 1966 in Missouri, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Eighth Circuit, and U.S. Court of Military Appeals. He served as a Captain, J.A.G.C., in the U.S. Army from 1966-1970.

 

He was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court (1970), the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (1979), U.S. Court of Claims (1979), and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (1979).


Workshops for Writers:
Bob Baker discusses “The Empowered Writer” Jan. 9 

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

10 a.m. to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free for members; $5 for nonmembers


Writers will learn the three biggest mistakes that keep them from building a fan base and a thriving career at Bob Baker’s “The Empowered Writer” Jan. 9 workshop.


Bob will show you simple ways to overcome these obstacles so you can make more of an impact with your words, books, articles, poems, and blog posts. This workshop is guaranteed to be interactive, eye-opening and fun.

 

Bring a notebook and pen so you can take lots of notes and leave with some easy but powerful action steps to build your writing career.

 

Bob Baker is on a lifelong mission to help musicians, authors and creative entrepreneurs use their talents and know-how to make a living and make a difference in the world!?He is a full-time author who has developed a successful niche writing and speaking about music marketing and self-promotion for songwriters, musicians, and bands.

 

He served six terms as president of the St. Louis Publishers Association and is an advocate for the self-publishing movement. Bob is the author of the highly acclaimed "Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook" (which appeared in the movie "The School of Rock," starring Jack Black). He also created the "Music Marketing 101" course, which ran for five years at Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music in Boston.

 

He has appeared in the media on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "Marketplace" and in such publications as Publishers Weekly, Electronic Musician, Music Connection, The Guardian, Canadian Musician, VIBE magazine, E! Online, and even The Onion!

 

Bob's other titles include "The Empowered Artist," "55 Ways to Promote & Sell Your Book on the Internet," "The Guerrilla Guide to Book Marketing," "Unleash the Artist Within," and more. Check out Bob's free ezine, blog, podcast, video clips and articles at www.FullTimeAuthor.com, www.TheBuzzFactor.com, and www.DIYcareerManifesto.com

Workshops for Writers:

Bestselling author tells of life on the road 

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 

10 a.m. to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free for members; $5 for nonmembers


Don’t miss “Road Hazards: The Life of a Touring Writer,” presented by bestselling author M.R. Sellars at the Dec. 5 workshop. 

 

Sellars’ stories will range from being left behind during a hurricane to being inundated at a bookstore by fans cosplaying the antagonist from one of his novels, and everything in between.

 

A member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers), M.R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, “tells pretty lies for a living.” Although his penchant for creating fiction began at an early age, it wasn’t until 2000 that his first full-length novel, HARM NONE: A ROWAN GANT INVESTIGATION, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series and its associated spinoff.

 

All the novels in Sellars’ continuing Rowan Gant Investigations saga have spent several consecutive weeks on numerous bookstore bestseller lists, as well as a consistent showing on the Amazon.com Horror/Occult top 100. In 2010 a short e-novella featuring a supporting character from the RGI cast spawned a new series, The Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels, the first full-length book being IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, which hit the streets November 2011. The second, INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE, is slated for release in 2015.

 

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his wife, daughter, and a houseful of rescued animals – a population that currently stands at one canine (Vicki the Wonder Dog) and three felines (Asphalt, Nachos el Tigre, and Mac the Klaw). He often describes the fluctuating menagerie as “the competition.” At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and home brewing.

 

M.R. Sellars can be located on the web wherever there is a virtual bar serving virtual single malt Scotch, single barrel bourbon, good Irish whisky, and decent beer. In other words, look for him on the major social networking sites. http://www.mrsellars.com

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95th Anniversary Dinner 

On October 24, 2015, St. Louis Writers Guild will be holding its 95th Anniversary Dinner at Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves at 6 PM. Tickets are required for this event as seating is limited. We will be celebrating our past with living past presidents.

 

We are excited and honored to have Eileen Dreyer as our keynote speaker for the night. Eileen is a New York Times Best Selling author. She has published 31 romance novels, 8 medical-forensic suspense novels, and 7 short stories. She is a multi-award winning author and has recently been enjoying critical acclaim for her Drake’s Rakes historical romance series.

 

We will also be glimpsing our future as we move forward to our 100th Anniversary as our President, David Lucas, finally lets the cat of the bag about the future.

 

The price of tickets will be $25 a person. Tickets can be purchased below. 

 

Location: Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, 17 W Moody, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Tickets: $25 a person

Dress code: Business Casual

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Workshops for Writers: 

Workshop Oct. 3 explores options for nonfiction authors

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 

10 a.m. to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free for members; $5 for nonmembers


Authors Gerry Mandel, Patricia Bubash, and Peter Green, along with Mike Stith of One Legacy, will discuss "Writing fact, creative nonfiction and fiction—differences and difficulties," at the St. Louis Writers Guild's Oct. 3 workshop. They will explore the spectrum of options available to nonfiction authors, including the advantages and drawbacks.

 

“If you ‘ve got a great story based on your own life, a fascinating character, or several individuals you’ve come to know well, what are your options for telling it?” asked Peter Green, who will also moderate the panel. “Which form would be better—a first-person memoir, a straight non-fiction biographical account, a creative dramatization of real-life events, or a historical novel with totally fictionalized characters? There are compelling reasons for choosing each type of book.”

 

Peter Green has written biography and creative nonfiction accounts of his father’s World War II odyssey, culminating in his most recent biographical memoir, Ben’s War with the U. S. Marines. http://www.peterhgreen.com/

 

Patricia Bubash, a licensed professional counselor, has written a practical guide to living based on real-life case studies, Successful Second Marriages. http://successfulsecondmarriages.com/

 

Mike Stith is founder of One Legacy™, a social enterprise business with the primary purpose of gathering, sharing, and publishing stories about personal legacy. One Legacy has launched a new community service called “Legacy Sharing™,” where stories are collected by offering a group activity for Senior Communities, Hospice Centers, and many other groups, including youth organizations. Stories from around the world can shared and read by visiting  http://onelegacy.com/

 

Gerry Mandel, a Charlie Chaplin aficionado, is author of Shadow and Substance: My Time with Charlie Chaplin, a historical novel based on the true-life story of this multi-talented Hollywood innovator, entrepreneur and pioneer.  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/spidermandel


Workshops for Writers:
Guild presents Ann Leckie’s “Journey to the Top” on July 11

Saturday, July 11, 2015 

10 a.m. to Noon 

Oak Room

The Lodge at Des Peres

1050 Des Peres Rd.

St. Louis, MO 63131

Free to members and $5 to non-members 


Ann Leckie will tell of her “Journey to the Top” as the winner of many prestigious awards for her debut novel, Ancillary Justice, at a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, July 11, in the Oak Room at Des Peres Lodge, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO. 

 

 

She will offer tips on writing speculative fiction in the 21st Century and discuss historical influences on her work. Ann’s novel won the science fiction and fantasy “Triple Crown”--the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke awards. The sequel, Ancillary Sword, was named Best Novel by the British Science Fiction Association, and nominated for the Nebula and Hugo. 


She has also published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton.


Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, MO.
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Workshop for Writers:

 “What the heck is Twitter good for?” on June 6

Saturday, June 6, 2015 

10 a.m. to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122 

Free to members and $5 to non-members 


At the Guild’s June 6 workshop on social media, Sarah Coziahr will answer the question so many writers have: "What the heck is Twitter good for?" It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road, in Kirkwood. Free for Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.

 

Sarah is an experienced marketer who works with and connects small businesses to online marketing tools and strategies to help them socialize and market their businesses online. She is the Vice President for Operations of RESPONSE! Targeted Marketing, a marketing agency specializing in small businesses. In addition, Sarah is a Constant Contact local expert for St. Louis.

 

In her talk--What the heck is Twitter good for, and how do I get all this social media stuff done anyhow?!?!—Sarah will address:

 

1. What are the basics of Twitter?

2. How can I use Twitter to gain a large following?

3. #whatisahashtag - What is a hashtag?

4. How can I make the most of my social media?

5. What are timesaving tools that will cut my time drastically?

6. How can I do enough without losing my day to social media??

Workshops for Writers: 
Querying and Pitching - How to "Track"down Literary Agents and Publishers 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S. Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Free to members and $5 to non-members 

In March Brad R. Cook presents a new twist on St. Louis Writers Guild's annual kick-off for conferences. 

Querying and pitching - How to “Track”down an agent or publisher


Querying a publisher or literary agent is almost harder than writing the book. In this workshop we’ll explore the process from start to finish. How to find them, how to contact them, how to pitch to them, and just what is a log line…


Not only will participants learn what goes in a query letter and a face to face pitch, but also how to find them either at conferences or online. We’ll explore the online tools to finding an agent or publisher with the hope of sending participants away with everything they need to query or pitch to an agent or publisher. 

Quick Note: I can’t guarantee you’ll find an agent but you’ll have the tools to do so!


Brad R. Cook, author of Iron Horsemen, a steampunk adventure. An award winning short story writer, he began as a playwright, and joined the board of St. Louis Writers Guild in 2008, guiding the organization as President since 2011. He is a founding contributor to The Writers’ Lens, a resource blog for writers, and Write Pack Radio, a weekly podcast airing every Sunday. He wears many hats like co-publisher and acquisitions editor for Blank Slate Press, and festival coordinator, but has been a freelance technical writer, designer, and book formatter. He learned to fence at thirteen and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with his cat and a centuries’ old classic. He writes during the witching hour when his muses are most active, and asks everyone to preserve our historical treasures for future generations. Learn more at bradrcook.com or follow him on twitter @bradrcook

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Coming Events and Workshops:
Feb 7 - Workshops for Writers - Screenwriting 
Feb 10 - Station Open Mic w Short Story Winners
Feb 19 - The NEW SLWG Author Series

Mar 7 - Workshops for Writers - Pitching and Querying
Mar 10 - Station Open Mic 
Mar 19 - New SLWG Author Series 

Apr 4 - Workshops for Writers - Copyright Law
Apr 14 - Station Open Mic
Apr 16 - New SLWG Author Series 

Aug - Writers in the Park 2015 

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Past St. Louis Writers Guild Events and Workshops
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Mike Bezemek: Feb. 7 workshop on Fundamentals of Screenwriting

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 
Free for Members, $5 for non-members


Mike Bezemek will present a workshop Feb. 7 on the Fundamentals of Screenwriting: Plot, Character, & Concept. 

“In the complex and challenging pursuit of screenwriting, numerous craft elements work together to create a successful script,” Mike said. He teaches courses at Washington University in St. Louis, which include Writing Short Films, Intro & Advanced Screenwriting, Multimedia Storytelling, Travel & Outdoor Writing, Writing Adventure & Creating Action, and Writing Creatively for Online Publication.

 

“In this workshop, we'll discuss three fundamental topics--plot, character, and concept--which are essential to screenwriters and also helpful to writers in other genres, such as fiction and nonfiction,” he said. The workshop topics include:

 

  • Reasons for studying screenwriting
  • The Basic Craft Elements: The Screenwriter's Toolbox
  • Fundamentals
  • Ways to Break into the Screenwriting Profession
  • First Steps for Pursuing Screenwriting

 

Mike Bezemek's writing and photography can be found in publications such as The Morning News, St. Louis Magazine, Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Hobart: Another Literary Journal, and elsewhere. More about Mike and samples of his work can be found at www.mikebezemek.com.

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Workshops for Writers in September
We have two Workshops for Writers this month! 

1) 5+5, a classic SLWG workshop - September 6th 
2) How to get your book into a Library or Bookstore - September 27

Workshops for Writers 5+5 
Sept 6, 2014
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd. 


Bring the first five pages of your work--fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—and sign up at the beginning of the free workshop to have it read aloud by another writer.

“Getting some distance from your work by having someone else read it often helps you pinpoint problem areas,” said Brad Cook, Guild president.

When the five-minute buzzer sounds, others attending the workshop will have five minutes to comment on what they like and offer suggestions on ways to improve the piece.

“This is similar to the slushpile read some writing conferences offer, but instead of having agents critique the work, it will be other writers,” Cook said. “We will discuss the importance of openings and hooks, as well as critique methods, so be ready to share what you’ve learned along the writing path.”


We'll also be talking about how you can participate in the SLWG booth at Lit in the Lou! 



Workshops for Writers - How to get your book into a Library or Bookstore

A Special Event with SLWG, STL Books, and the Kirkwood Public Library 


Saturday, Sept 27, 2014 

1pm 


More details to come! 


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Writers in the Park 2014 
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Lion's Amphitheater in Kirkwood Park 
Free to attend and open to all writers, no need to register! 

Multiple workshops an hour
Workshops for Young Writers in 4th-12th Grade 
Local authors and Members of SLWG Books for Sale

Sponsored by a generous gift from Commerce Bank 

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Weather Update - Writers in the Park 2014


My shoulders slump when I think about all the beautiful weather we’ve had and now SLWG's main outdoor event is on the hottest day of the year. But fear not… as always St. Louis Writers Guild has a plan!

 

First, we are NOT changing the location! The festival will begin in Lions Amphitheater. Luckily the park won’t reach the highs until later in the day.

 

There will be plenty of water, and popsicles, or at least cold tubes of flavored water – depending on time. Best of all, a fan with every program! Yes, we will have hand fans, but we will also have electric fans and giant umbrellas for our speakers. There will be a cooling station in the amphitheater and we will have an air-conditioned room at the Community Center where we might end the festival.

 

One more thing, much of this event is in the shade, the kids events will be in a covered pavilion and many of the workshops will take place under the trees of Kirkwood Park. Please dress appropriately, drink plenty of fluids, maybe wear a hat, and if you feel too hot let one of our volunteers know.
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Writers in the Park 2014 
Saturday, August 23 
10am to 2pm 
Lions Amphitheater in Kirkwood Park 
111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 
Free and open to all writers! 
No registration needed 

If you’ve never been to a writers’ conference, St. Louis Writers Guild’s fifth annual writers’ festival in Kirkwood Park is the perfect way to start. Created to honor our 90th Anniversary, the day includes workshops from industry professionals, books from local authors, and plenty of food for all to enjoy. 


This year we are proud to present  

New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Brewer 

New York Times Bestselling Author Angie Fox 

Award Winning author Sarah M. Anderson 

STL Books owner Robin Theiss 


With 

workshops for Young Writers in 4th-8th grade 

                presented by author Margo L Dill 

and a workshop for High School students 

                presented by Y/A authors Cole Gibsen and Sarah Bromley 


plus Genre Talk, an SLWG Author Series interview, and much more! 

Best of all, it’s free and open to the public.


The full schedule will be posted soon. 

SLWG Members - You can have your book sold by our volunteers at the festival. SLWG takes no money or commission from each transaction. All taxes are the responsibility of the author. Members bring your book to any of our events or to the park that morning. 

Click Here for a map of the park - if that doesn't work Click Here for the Kirkwood Parks Website. 

The day will go on no matter the weather, we have indoor facilities in case of storms or excessive heat. We look forward to seeing you at Writers in the Park

Writers in the Park 2014 is sponsored by 
a generous gift from Commerce Bank 
- Thank You - 

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August Workshop for Writers: Triple the Mystery 
Triple the Mystery with Claire Applewhite, Fedora Amis, and Pam De Voe 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 
Free for Members, $5 for non-members

Three mystery writers will share a trio of their best writing tips at the Triple the Mystery workshop . 

Claire Applewhite, mystery writer and Acquisitions Editor for Smoking Gun Publishing, LLC,  is a graduate of St. Louis University. Her published books include The Wrong Side of Memphis, St. Louis Hustle, Candy Cadillac, Tennessee Plates, and Crazy For You. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  

www.smokinggunpublishing.com

www.claireapplewhite.com

www.clairedunoir.com


Fedora Amis won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Away from her computer, she dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as historical figures from the 1800s. She has one son, Skimmer, who partners with Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. www.fedoraamis.com


Pam De Voe is an anthropologist and an incorrigible magpie for collecting seemingly irrelevant information. Last October, her first novel, A Tangled Yarn, was published in a mystery-a-month book club. This year, she has two short stories coming out: one in an e-zine and one in an anthology. http://padevoe.com/



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SLPA / SLWG Vendor Showcase 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 
6:30pm to 8:30pm 
The Lodge of DesPeres 
1050 Des Peres Rd. 
Des Peres, MO 63131

St. Louis Publishers Association and St. Louis Writers Guild have teamed together to showcase the writing service providers of St. Louis. Need an editor, cover artist, or illustrator? Learn more at this showcase event! 

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Workshops for Writers - July 12 
The Do's and Don'ts of Writing Query Letters presented by Whitley Abell of Inkling Literary Agency 

Saturday July 12, 2014

10am to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 

Free for members, $5 for non-members 


Literary agent Whitley Abell will help writers by explaining the dos and don’ts of writing query letters at the St. Louis Writers Guild (SLWG) workshop.

 

Whitley, who joined Inklings Literary Agency in 2013, will also talk about what agents look for in submissions. 

 

Jennifer Stolzer, SLWG secretary and contest coordinator, will join Whitley to explain the Guild’s submission guidelines for the members-only Publish Your Dreams contest. The winner will be announced Aug. 23 at SLWG’s free conference, Writers in the Park.

 

Prior to joining Inklings Literary Agency, Whitley completed successful internships with Carol Mann Agency and P.S. Literary Agency. She is based in St. Louis, Mo., where she daylights as a production manager for several medical and S & T journals. She graduated in 2011 BA in English and Creative Writing, and again in 2012 with a MAT in Secondary English Education, which basically means she can tell you anything there is to know about feminist literary theory and the Common Core Standards. Whitley is primarily interested in Young Adult, Middle Grade, and select Upmarket Women's fiction.

 

The winner of SLWG’s Publish Your Dreams contest and entries from other Missouri Writers’ Guild chapters will be submitted to Walrus Publishing Inc. for possible publication. If the SLWG manuscript is selected, it will be placed on their editorial schedule for publication between Winter 2015 and Summer 2016, said Walrus founder Lisa Miller. If not selected, Walrus will provide a one-page review of the manuscript with recommendations for editorial assistance. You must be a member of St. Louis Writers Guild to participate in this contest. 


There are no pitch sessions at this workshop. 


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Workshops for Writers - June 7 
The Five Elements presented by Sheila Dugan 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Voice coach Sheila Dugan will provide insight into some basic elements writers can use at their next Open Mic night, or anywhere they are called upon to perform written materials aloud. “The Five Elements” 

Sheila is a Master Teacher of Voice and will lead exercises to boost writers’ expressiveness while reading out loud. Additionally, some writers’ work may be workshopped, IF time permits. Bring a couple of pages you’d like help with, and be sure to have a second copy for Sheila.

For 46 years, Sheila has taught singing and public speaking refinement and has provided voice therapy for clients, upon medical referral. Her voice students have appeared in 15 Broadway shows, and have also performed off Broadway, with numerous national tours, and many regional theatre companies. Sheila’s classical voice students have performed at major opera houses and with major symphony orchestras both at home and abroad. She has served as a public speaking coach in the areas of medicine, law and business. For more information, visit her website: www.sheiladugan.com.


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SLWG Author Series with Dr. Fred Fausz 
Thursday, May 15, 2014 
7pm to 8pm 
STL Books 
100 W. Jefferson Ave. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Free and Open to the Public 

Dr. Fred Fausz 
Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West 

Fred Fausz (Ph.D., William and Mary) is a history professor and former honors college dean at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he specializes in Colonial American ethnohistory and fur trade frontiers. Two of his many essays have won "best article of the year" awards from historical societies in Virginia and Missouri. During the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial, he drove his "fur museum on wheels" 13,000 miles to deliver show-and-tell lectures to rural towns in four states and has exhibited his extensive artifact collection in major museums. He was the program chair for the 9th North American Fur Trade Conference and received the 2007 Missouri Governor's Award in the Humanities for Enhancing Community Heritage. In 2009 he was elected president of The Center for French Colonial Studies and is completing a book on the 1622 Virginia Massacre.

St. Louis Writers Guild’s long-standing Lecture Series is now available online.

NEW LOCATION: STLBooks – 100 W Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood, MO.

There are three ways to view the event. 
1: Come to STLBooks and be part of the audience. 
2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild. 
3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on www.stlwritersguild.org within a week of the broadcast.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream.

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May Workshops for Writers: Inside the Heart of Darkness with David Lucas 
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 
Free for members, $5 for non-members 

Inside the Heart of Darkness

 

Writer, poet and martial artist David Alan Lucas will explore the villains’ role in fiction during his “Inside the Heart of Darkness” workshop 

Using myths, personality archetypes, criminal psychology and personal experience with real-life evil, David will help writers of all genres create memorable and sympathetic antagonists. For more than thirty years, he has studied criminology as a “hobby” and applied the lessons learned to his fiction and in real life.


    David Alan Lucas is a published author in multiple genres, a published poet and contributor to e-zines on music. He also gives seminars on self-defense and writing fight scenes. Recently David launched The Write Pack, a weekly show on BlogTalkRadio, and he is a founding contributor to The Writers’ Lens blog.

Learn more at www.davidalanlucas.com  

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Workshops for Writers - April 
Get the most from Writing Conferences
Presented by Lisa Miller, Kristina Makansi, 
and Brad R. Cook 
Saturday, April 5, 2014
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center 
111 S Geyer Rd. 63122
This workshop is free because we invite everyone attending the Missouri Writers Guild Conference to attend. If you are attending any conferences this year or are curious about writers conferences we invite you to attend. 

Discover how to “Get the Most from Writing Conferences” at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s free, public workshop.

Local publishers Lisa Miller, Kristina Blank Makansi, and Brad R. Cook will talk about what writers need to do before, during, and after conferences, such as:

  • How to select the best conferences for you (location, genre, agents, cost, etc.)
  • Benefits to signing up early & staying late
  • "Agent etiquette" & your future career
  • How to choose between sessions 
  • Networking opportunities
    • April 11-13--Missouri Writers’ Guild’s Fifty Shades of Writing conference at the Ramada Inn St. Louis, Downtown at Convention Center: www.missouriwritersguild.org
      • August 23--St. Louis Writers Guild’s Writers in the Park: FREE at Lions Amphitheater in Kirkwood Park www.stlwritersguild.org 
        • Oct. 10-12--St. Louis Literary Consortium’s first annual Lit In The Lou: A festival of the book for St. Louis! In the University City Loop http://stllit.blogspot.com/

 

With author Peter R. Green as moderator, the three panelists will share their insider knowledge as organizers of these upcoming conferences:

 

 

 

Lisa Miller founded Walrus Publishing, Inc., in 2007. She expanded its mission beyond St. Louis by publishing books people enjoy reading, collaborating with writing groups and programs, and assisting writers to reach their publication goals.

Kristina Blank Makansi founded Blank Slate Press in 2010, and has since edited and published several award-winning novels. As co-founder of Treehouse Author Services, she works with authors seeking representation and those who want to self-publish. A Young Adult dystopian novel she co-authored, THE SOWING, has garnered nearly 50 Amazon reviews and hit several Amazon best-seller lists.

Brad R. Cook, president of the St. Louis Writers Guild since 2011, leads author management, acquisitions, and marketing at Blank Slate Press. He writes historical fantasy and poetry, and is a founding contributor to The Writers’ Lens blog and The Write Pack, a weekly show on BlogTalkRadio.


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SLWG Author Series with New York Times Bestselling Author Angie Fox

SLWG Author Series

Angie Fox, New York Times Bestselling author of the Accidental Demon Slayer Series and The Monster Mash Series   

Thursday, March 20, 2014

7-8pm

STLBooks 

100 W. Jefferson Ave

Kirkwood, MO 63122

Free and open to the public!

 

Angie Fox

Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night.

She claims that researching her stories can be just as much fun as writing them. In the name of fact-finding, Angie has ridden with Harley biker gangs, explored the tunnels underneath Hoover Dam and found an interesting recipe for Mamma Coalpot’s Southern Skunk Surprise (she’s still trying to get her courage up to try it).

Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She worked in television news and then in advertising before beginning her career as an author. Angie enjoys making up fun quizzes and thinks you should take one right now.

 

 

St. Louis Writers Guild’s long-standing Lecture Series is now available online.

NEW LOCATION: STLBooks – 100 W Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood, MO.

There are three ways to view the event. 
1: Come to STLBooks and be part of the audience. 
2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild. 
3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on
www.stlwritersguild.org within a week of the broadcast.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream.

 

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SLWG Author Series with Illustrator Jennifer Stolzer 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 
7-8pm 
STLBooks 
100 W Jefferson Ave 
Kirkwood, MO
63122
Free and open to all! 

Jennifer Stolzer 
The Scribe Summer 2013 (she did the cover)

St. Louis Writers Guild’s long-standing Lecture Series is now available online.

NEW LOCATION: STLBooks – 100 W Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood, MO.

There are three ways to view the event. 
1: Come to STLBooks and be part of the audience. 
2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild. 
3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on www.stlwritersguild.net within a week of the broadcast.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream.  



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Workshops for Writers - March 
Sit Down and Pitch

Saturday, March 1, 2014

10am to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center

111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 

This workshop is free to attend and open to all, we invite everyone who is planning to attend the 2014 MWG Conference and anyone thinking about going to a conference this year. 


Once you’ve written a book, getting the attention of an agent or publisher isn’t always easy. Learn how to promote yourself and your writing at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s second annual Sit Down and Pitch” workshop.

 

“Pitching to an agent or publisher might be the scariest thing a writer has to do,” said Brad Cook, St. Louis Writers Guild president. “Our goal is to help writers prepare their pitches for the Missouri Writers Guild (MWG) conference in April.”

 

Brad will offer tips for delivering an effective five-minute pitch, then writers will get a chance try their pitches within small breakout groups of other authors. “Even if you don’t have a pitch when you arrive, you’ll have one by the time you leave,” he said.

 

Then you’ll be ready to pitch to real agents and publishers at the 2014 MWG Conference, Fifty Shades of Writing, April 11-13, in St. Louis. For more conference information and registration, visit www.missouriwritersguild.org.


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Workshop for Writers - February  
Love Scenes: When to Turn Out the Lights

With Lynn Cahoon

Saturday, February 1, 2014 

10am to Noon 

Kirkwood Community Center 

111 S Geyer Rd. 63122 

Free for members, $5 for non-members 


Multipublished author Lynn Cahoon will help clarify what heat level your writing needs during the St. Louis Writers Guild’s workshop.

 

Most writers face questions such as: How much sex has to be in a book? When do they have to do the deed? What words can you use? Is your mother going to read this?

 

Lynn will discuss the different heat levels (and target publishers), provide examples of love scenes for all types of romances, brainstorm appropriate language to set the mood, and ways to find your muse and inspiration.

 

An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small-town life and love. Lynn has been published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. She lives with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi River where her imagination tends to wander.

 

The first book in her cozy mystery series, Guidebook to Murder-A Tourist Trap Mystery, will be released by Kensington Publishing Corp. in April 2014.


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SLWG Author Series: 
Goodbye to All on the Same Page Bookstore?

The SLWG Author Series: Goodbye to All on the Same Page Bookstore?

with

Robin Tidwell, and authors from Rocking Horse Publishing

Thursday, January 16, 2014

7-8pm

All on the Same Page Bookstore

11052 Olive Blvd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Free and open to the public!

 

Join St. Louis Writers Guild as we honor and say goodbye to a great bookstore in the St. Louis area. Known for having one of the largest local author book sections, AOTSP is a great bookstore and a great supporter of the St. Louis literary community. But this isn't a wake, we'll also be talking to Robin about the future of Rocking Horse Publishing and the authors she is bringing to print!

 

St. Louis Writers Guild Author Series can be viewed in one of three ways. 

1: Come to All on the Same Page Bookstore and be part of the audience.

2: Watch live online and ask questions via text chat or Twitter using @stlwritersguild.

3: Watch the recorded lecture on the SLWG website. The event will be posted on www.stlwritersguild.org within a week of the broadcast. Find them all on Youtube too.

 

As a benefit of membership with St. Louis Writers Guild, an email will be sent with a link to the live online broadcast. St. Louis Writers Guild is now using Livestream.com to broadcast its lectures. To view the live lecture you will need to register for an account with Livestream.com. They just require a verified email address and it is free. The recorded lecture can be viewed without an account if you do not wish to sign up with Livestream.


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A special 2-Part Workshops for Writers! 

Part 1 - The Power of Email Marketing 

presented by 

Barry Coziahr, President of RESPONSE!

Saturday, December 7, 2013 

10am to Noon

Kirkwood Community Center

111 S. Geyer Rd. 63122

Free for Members, $5 for Non-Members 


Online marketing can be overwhelming, but writers can discover how to accomplish more in less time and on a small budget.

 

“The Power of Email Marketing” is the first of a two-part series presented by Barry Coziahr, president of RESPONSE! Targeted Marketing, a local marketing agency specializing in small business marketing. He is also the Constant Contact Local Expert for St. Louis. Coziahr will return to discuss “Social Media Made Simple” at the Guild’s Jan. 11 workshop.

 

Many authors find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month, there's a lot to keep up with. Having only so many hours in each day, the number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. These sessions will help make sense of the noise, with tips on how to make the most of the combination of email and social media.

You’ll learn what it means to run effective email and/or social media marketing campaigns and what tools you can use to measure the success of your efforts without spending lots of time or money. Participants will learn ideas for timing their messages, how to write a winning subject line, what kinds of offers or content they want to try and how best to approach their next marketing campaign. 

On Dec. 7, The Power of Email Marketing will focus on:

  • What email marketing “is” and “is not”
  • Why businesses are using email marketing today
  • The “ do’s” and “don’ts” of email marketing
  • Best email practices to help you create successful campaigns
  • What to write about 
  • How frequently and when to schedule emails
  • How to get your emails opened


Join us for Part 2 "Social Media Made Simple" on January 11, 2014! 

Part 2 Social Media Made Simple
Saturday, January 11, 2014 
10am to Noon 
Kirkwood Community Center
111 S Geyer Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122
Free for Members, $5 for non-members

Barry Coziahr will show writers how to spend less time and get better results from their online marketing.

 

“Social Media Marketing Made Simple” concludes a two-part series presented by Coziahr, president of RESPONSE! Targeted Marketing, a local marketing agency specializing in small business marketing. He is also the Constant Contact Local Expert for St. Louis.

 

Many authors find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month, there's a lot to keep up with. Having only so many hours in each day, the number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. This session will help make sense of the noise, with tips on how to make the most of the combination of email and social media.

At the “Social Media Marketing Made Simple” workshop:

  • Find out why small businesses and non-profits are using social media to grow their business and organization.
  • Learn 10 Social Media Tips to help you “go” and “grow” your social media marketing campaigns
  • Understand how email marketing campaigns can help you “Go” and GROW” your social media marketing, increase your reach and get MORE customers.
  • Use your social media to grow your email subscription list
  • See examples on how you can increase your reach, referrals, results and revenues with social media campaigns

 



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SLWG Holiday Book Fair 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 
7-9pm 
Kirkwood Amtrak Station 
110 W Argonne Dr. 
Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Free to attend! 

The SLWG Holiday Book Fair is a showcase of area authors and a chance to celebrate another year! Happening that night - 

Young Writers Award Winners ceremony and reading!  
The Robin Moore Theiss Award for Service will be presented!
Books by SLWG Members and other local authors will be on sale!
A Holiday-themed Open Mic! 
Great Potluck Food! 

Books make great last minute gifts! 

SLWG Members may bring their books if they bring something yummy to eat! They also will be given priority on table space. 
Non-Members may sell their books and have them displayed for $5 (you don't have to bring a dish)
SLWG will be providing refreshments! 
All sales are handled by the author. 

Join us to celebrate another amazing year! 

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